I had a pretty heavy post planned for today, but have decided to put it off for now. Enjoy the sweetness and light…
It’s easy to succumb to fast food when you’re busy, stressed and pressed for time. But seriously. Here are three takeaway foods you can just as easily make at home; it’ll taste better – and be better for you.
Tomato paste/puree/sauce – or BBQ sauce – or whatever you prefer
Toppings of choice (suggestions: mushrooms/tomatoes/pineapple/capsicum/salami/ham/cheese
I think everyone makes their dough slightly differently. A friend uses self-raising flour and milk in hers (???!!!). But you can’t go wrong with a basic dough of flour, yeast, salt, water and olive oil. Don’t forget the oil! It gives it a nice smooth texture and will make it easier to knead and roll out.
Start with the dough, and once you’ve got your bases ready, smear them with tomato paste. Arrange your cut-up toppings over the top, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes or until cooked – when bases crisp up and toppings are bubbling.
Tip: shake things up by mixing a couple different kinds of cheeses, or new vegetable combinations – I’m a big fan of eggplant on pizza.
- Burger patties (or if you’ve got minced meat on hand, mix with an egg and a little flour and make your own)
Sauce of choice (tomato, BBQ, aioli, mayonnaise…)
Vegetables of choice (lettuce, tomato, beetroot…)
There are really only two steps. Cook patty, then assemble.
To make it a little more interesting, try adding a fried egg, hash brown, bacon strips, or some caramelised onions.
- Corn chips
Beans (red kidney, black, or a mix of types)
Brown the mince. Add in the tomatoes and beans, bring to a boil, then simmer until the mixture thickens. I like to add a few squirts of pure ketchup into the mix, and sometimes a dash of paprika, cayenne or chili powder.
Take it to the next level with toppings: sour cream, cheese, spring onions, fresh herbs. You win.